One suspect was arrested yesterday and police issued warrants for two other men in connection with a shooting Thursday that left four people wounded and two innocent bystanders dead.
Police credited residents in the area of Division and Gold streets with helping them to identify the suspects. One of the alleged gunmen, Timothy Chris Brown, 19, of the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, suffered a gunshot wound to the right thigh and was thought to be a victim of the early morning shooting, said police spokesman Dennis S. Hill.
However, those in the neighborhood told homicide detectives that they saw Mr. Brown firing a 9mm handgun.
Mr. Hill said it appeared that Mr. Brown shot himself while removing the handgun from his waistband. The suspect is under police guard at Baltimore County General Hospital and has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and several gun charges.
Charles Darryl Blackwell, 22, of the 500 block of Bloom Street and Rick Nesbeth Kumar, 19, of the 2100 block of Division Street have been charged with the same offenses.
All three suspects were arrested in the last two weeks for minor violations, police said.
Area residents call the suspects "New York boys" because it is believed they hail from New York City. Yesterday, police said they believed that Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Kumar may have fled to their home city.
The shooting occurred about 12:35 a.m. Thursday as the suspects chased Jason Rayford Thalley, 23, who they believed had cheated them on a drug transaction, police said. The trio allegedly pulled out 9mm handguns and opened fire in the 500 block of Gold street, police said.
Helen Davis, 38, of the 2100 block of McCulloh Street and her niece, Joanne Curbeam, 30, of the 2000 block of McCulloh Street died of gunshot wounds. They were walking through the area after returning from visiting relatives in Northeast Baltimore.
Police believe the women took a cab from their relatives' home but did not have enough money to ride all the way to their homes. The women may have gotten out of the cab in the area and prepared to walk the rest of the way home. No money was found on them after the shooting, police said.
Mr. Thalley, who lives in the first block of Serpens Court, was shot in the abdomen.
Dandi Eugene Worthy, 36, of the 1300 block of Fremont Avenue and Craig Roland Taylor, 28, of the 1600 block of Forest Park Avenue also were wounded.
Police said detectives had little to work with when they went to the scene of the shooting Thursday morning. However, when the detectives returned to their office, residents in the designated drug-free zone started calling with information.
Detectives obtained mug shots of people who had been arrested in the area and showed them to the neighbors, who then picked out the three suspects.